Summer is just around the corner and hopefully the sunshine too!

Why not exercise your taste buds and book a mouth-watering staycation and soak up one of the many food events taking place across the country. North, South, East and West, make sure to get your fill at any one of the tasty gourmet events, festivals or trails on offer this summer!

Enjoy Some May Munchies!
Head west to the Connemara Mussel Festival, (May 3rd – 5th), on the glorious Renvyle Peninsula with lots of music, craic, boat trips and of course mussel cooking! One of the highlights will be a gala seafood dinner.

Michelin Star chef, Richard Corrigan, will feature on the menu at the Burren Slow Food Festival, (May 17th – 19th), in the heart of spectacular Co. Clare. See Michael Moran, the world champion oyster shucker in action while the Burren Players will perform “No Dinners for Sinners”! There will also be seaweed foraging, craft beer tasting and organic Salmon tasting.

On Dublin’s Doorstep, the medieval village of Carlingford will be transformed into a buzzing food heaven for A Taste of Carlingford, (May 11th – 12th) with everything from delicious strawberries and mouth-watering oysters to street entertainment, heritage walks and face painting for the kids.

Take a trip back in time and see how food was cooked 500 BC at the Wexford Food & Wine Festival, (May 24th – 26th). There is a tasty schedule of events for adults and children including a crackling hog roast, cookery demonstrations and open air food market. This year’s event features a “Welsh Tent” with specialties from across the water!

The Joys of June!
Follow the scent of rich roasted coffee beans to the Foynes Irish Coffee Festival in Co Limerick, (May 31st – June 2nd), with fancy dress, fireworks and the Irish Coffee Making Championship final.
Back in the capital enjoy a slice of life at Taste of Dublin, (June 13th – 16th), in the Iveagh Gardens - a four day feast of summer eating, drinking and entertainment featuring some of the city’s best restaurants, top chefs and over 120 artisan producers.

In the sunny South East the famous Wexford Strawberry Festival, (June 28th – 30th), in the historic town of Enniscorthy will provide lots of juicy treats as well as live entertainment including the Wexfactor Talent Show!

Juicy July!
For all the fun of the fair, and the fare, check out the Kenmare Food Carnival, (July 12th – 14th), in the South West, a three day food fest celebrating all that is good about Kerry produce. You are guaranteed hunger pangs with pop up restaurants, cookery demos, artisan food markets, kid’s workshops, taste trails and, of course, fun fair rides.

Fresh from the sea don’t miss the Feile Bia na Mara, (July 19th – 21st), on Achill Island, Co. Mayo, a celebration of the island’s coastal culinary heritage. Tuck into complimentary oyster tastings and the gala seafood banquet or simply mosey around the fish market. Bring the family to the sandcastle building competition and don’t miss the Achill’s Got Talent entertainment show.

Enjoy a tasty August!
What noise annoys an oyster? Find out at the Carlingford Oyster Festival, (August 8th – 11th), which will cook up four days of fun for all the family with everything from face painting to free kayaking and as many oysters as you can down in the medieval village’s gastro pubs and gourmet restaurants.

Check out all that Dublin’s bay has to offer and be sure to take in the Lobster, Crab and All That Jazz Festival in Dalkey, (August 23rd – 25th). The beautiful south Co. Dublin seaside village, famous for rock stars, restaurants and writers, will be a foodies delight with chef competitions, cookery displays and a shell fish barbecue - all washed down with copious amounts of music.
Craft brewing has taken off in Ireland so why not take a closer look at the Doolin Irish Craft Beer & Food Festival, (August 23rd – 25th), in Co. Clare. Enjoy great pints and great music in a village famous for ceol agus craic.

Sample the delights of Donegal at the Taste of Donegal Food Festival, (August 23rd – 25th), featuring top chefs such as our own Nevin Maguire and Kevin Dundon. Be there for the Friday night fireworks and enjoy a weekend of cookery demos, workshops and exhibitors guaranteed to bring out the foodie in you.

For a full menu of delicious food festivals and events go to www.discoverireland.ie/food


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